by Fanstand Staff/KJCE Staff,posted Apr 28 2013 10:43PM
(PICTURED: Westwood QB Bear Fenimore ('14) and i-Reporter Hannah Huffman ('14) at 2013 prom)
OVERVIEW: 2012 was the most successful football season in Westwood Warriors history. Area champions, Coach Anthony Wood continues to bring this football program to new heights. He is a great role model for the district, and a key personality in the world of Texas high school football.
The Warriors lose some tremendous senior talent (Wake Forest's Brad Watson, Rice's Parker Hanusa, Fresno State's Colin McGuire, ect), but thre's no shortage of players in waiting. The question is: who will fly from the under-the-radar to become a Warriors star?
This could be the year for Warriors RB Mason Bartek ('14). He led the team in carries and rush yards (over 560) last season, and could go for over 1000 yards in 2013. While the reliable Tanner Osborn is gone, we expect RB Erik Tran ('15) to contribute to the run game. Don't let Tran's polite demeanor fool you - he has speed and stamina to burn.
Reports say WR Josh Bishop ('14) has turned the corner. He's catching everything in practice, and has always had big play potential. But WR Travis Dale ('14) could win up having the biggest season (600 yards receiving). Dale actually was a full time player his sophomore year, but was used more in blocking schemes. The 3-year letterman is ready to become the team's top receiving target. We're willing to bet Nick Andress ('15) and Colton Kirkby ('15) will snag their fair share. ATH Travis Wilde ('15) attempts to cash in on his potential. As usual, the Warrior skill players look legit.
The offensive line returns 7 players with Varsity experience, led by Brenden Moore ('14). Seth Pitman ('14) and Hayden McSorely ('15) provide experience in the trenches. Protecting QB Bear Fenimore ('14) is of ultra-importance when it comes to Westwood. Bear was one of only two 16-5A quarterbacks to throw for over 1250 yards (1890 total yards), despite missing playing time last season. His passing production, coupled with his Tebow-esque run style make him a deadly duo threat. He could pass and throw for more than 1000 yards easily in 2013.
The line starts with emotional leader Lucas Dielman ('14). #56 plays with passion on every play. In total, we count five players returning up front, including Brandon Brown ('14). The athletic Christian Benford ('15) could find himself with a handful of sacks if he takes the next step. Its important that the line gel quickly, because the Westwood is young at linebacker. Can Marcus Fisher-Jones ('14) live up to the hype he had as a sophomore? Dayton Ames ('15) must progress. Walter Nunez ('14) and John Bentatcourt ('14) gives re-enforces the youngsters, and could exceed expectations.
DB Sean Hoeferkamp ('14), my how time flies. Since picking off a postseson pass his sophomore year, #20 has come a long way. He could be an MVP type, if he applies himself. Adding Michael McCaughey ('14) makes Westwood's defensive backfield a strength. DB Daniel Fry ('15) is as tenacious as they come. Brandon Meaux ('14) and Joe Gugala ('14) return for what could be their career year. Gugala could perhaps contribute on offense as well. Zach Sigler/Mitchell Tellez are eventual three year lettermen, vying for more playing time. We're exctied to see this unit at work during Summer 7 on 7.
COMPLETE LIST OF RETURNING LETTERMEN:
5 Michael McCaughey DB, WR Jr. 51 John Betancourt LB Jr. 60 Ryan Harrington OL Jr. 63 Seth Pittman OL Jr. 71 Chase Saxon OL Jr. 64 Brendan Moore OL Jr. 61 Andy Acevedo DL Jr. 56 Lucas Dielmann DL Jr. 50 Walter Nunez LB Jr. 44 Brandon Brown DE Jr. 38 Trent Maindelle DE Jr. 37 Marcus Fisher-jones LB Jr. 33 Daniel Fry DB Jr. 4 Josh Bishop WR Jr. 6 Travis Dale WR Jr. 8 Garrett Gibbins WR, PR Jr. 18 Joe Gugala DB Jr. 22 Mason Bartek RB Jr. 29 Brandon Meaux DB Jr. 20 Sean Hoeferkamp DB Jr. 16 Bear Fenimore QB Jr. 3 Nick Andress WR So. 47 Dayton Ames LB So. 53 Christian Benford DL So. 72 Tanner Ross OL So. 57 David Puryear OL So. 52 Michael Buckley OL So. 30 Zach Sigler DB So. 24 Mitchell Tellez DB So. 2 Travis Wilde WR So.
'UNDER THE RADAR' WARRIORS
RB Erik Tran ('15) WR Colton Kirkby ('15) OL Hayden McSorely ('15)
Follow i-Reporter Boyd Kennemer ('14) for the latest on Warriors Football in 2013 @BoywithaD